The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity John Deere Open finals, held Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, proved to be a competitive division, but it was the third draw in the 21-horse finals that finished on top.
This Isa Third (Third Cutting x Cat Fancy This) and Kody Porterfield won the John Deere Open Championship, which included a $16,783 paycheck, with a 222.
The win in the division more than doubled Porterfield’s lifetime earnings and boosted his Equi-Stat record to nearly $30,000. Their success in the finals also ranks This Isa Third as Third Cutting‘s sixth-highest-earning offspring.
Porterfield, of Jacksboro, Texas, finished 3 points ahead of the eventual Reserve Champions, Wendels Little Missy (High Brow CD x Justa Lil Freck x Bobs Freckle) and Ben Johnson, who marked a 219 and earned a check for $14,497. Wendels Little Missy is owned by Eric and Katherine Van Boekel, of Mount Elgin, Ontario, Canada.
This Isa Third, who is owned and bred by Carl and Shawnea Smith, also of Jacksboro, is described by Porterfield as strong and confident. “He is real smart about a cow,” Porterfield said.
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